Hearty Southwestern Chicken /Turkey Chili Soup

Robin Shafer


This was a chili that I created for my husband and children. My children do not like the traditional red beef chili but love this. It is full of flavor and lots of vegetables and beans. You can use Ground Turkey as well as Chicken for an even lower calorie chili.
This recipe can be cut in half for a smaller amount. I make the whole batch and freeze individual containers for my husband to bring to work.


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12 hearty bowls
1 Hr 20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 3 lb
    ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 8 stalk(s)
    celery ribs (finely chopped or put in food processor)
  • 2 large
    yellow onions (finely chopped or put in food processor)
  • 3 tsp
    garlic minced
  • 2 can(s)
    diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can(s)
    optional green chilies, mild (7oz) (finely chopped or put in food processor)
  • 2 can(s)
    chicken broth (14.5 oz)
  • 1 can(s)
    black beans (drained)
  • 1 can(s)
    white kidney beans
  • 1 can(s)
    white navy beans
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp
    cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh or dried parsley chopped fine
  • 1 pinch
    cyan pepper powder (optional)
  • 1 pinch
    handful of shredded monterray jack cheese or mexican blend for top of soup

How to Make Hearty Southwestern Chicken /Turkey Chili Soup


  1. Heat a large stockpot and once heated add oil (to prevent sticking) or use a non stick pot. Saute Onions and Celery in oil till slightly tender. Add Chicken or Turkey and cook until no longer pink breaking up with large spoon into loose ground meat pieces. (Do not add cyan pepper or chili's if you do not like the hot and spicy version. )
  2. When meat is cooked add all other ingredients and spices except the beans. Cover with lid on medium heat.
  3. Cook on low to Medium Heat simmering until vegetables are fully cooked and tender. Add undrained Kidney And Navy Beans. Drain and Add Black beans and cook on low until thoroughly heated. Add salt to taste.
  4. Top Soup with Cheese and serve with side of tortilla chips or salad

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About Hearty Southwestern Chicken /Turkey Chili Soup

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups, Bean Soups, Chili
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Southwestern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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